Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)
The Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) supplements the basic TRICARE program by providing financial assistance for an integrated set of services and supplies. To use ECHO, qualified beneficairies must be enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) as provided by the sponsor's branch of service and register through ECHO case managers in each TRICARE region.
ECHO is offered to the following beneficiaries who are diagnosed with moderate or severe mental retardation, a serious physical disability, or an extraordinary physical or psychological condition.
Children may remain eligible for ECHO beyond the usual age limits in certain circumstances. If you or your provider believes a qualifying condition exists, talk to a case manager or with your regional contractor to determine eligibility for ECHO benefits.
If you need assistance with ECHO benefits or would like to see if you qualify, please contact your regional contractor:
Can enrollment in the EFMP be waived?
Sometimes. For example, when the sponsor’s branch of service does not provide the EFMP, or when the beneficiary resides with the custodial parent who is not the active duty sponsor. Contact your regional contractor for more information.
Register in DEERS
The qualifying family member’s disability must be entered properly in DEERS to have access to ECHO services.